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I’m Sarah, and I like fashion.
OK, full disclosure? I’ve been obsessed with fashion since I was a little girl. My mom tells me that since I was 2 years old, I’ve been picking out my own clothes.
The obsession has only grown since I’ve gotten older and have developed an appreciation for the entire fashion industry and, in the process, have come to understand my own personal style.
I have worked in fashion a good chunk of my professional life, beginning as a sales associate, and working my way up to an assistant buyer for a clothing store. Buying things that millions of people would wear was a dream job. I studied apparel, textiles and merchandising in college and went on to get a master’s degree in business administration to develop a well-rounded view of the business world.
Though currently not working in the fashion industry, I hope to someday return to my “roots” with a more experienced view of this crazy world. Because I don’t have the opportunity to talk about fashion on a daily basis, I created my own little slice of the Internet — my own fashion blog — where I can relate to others who share my obsession.
My blog, “Coming Unstitched,” has become a way for me to help others find their own style, to provide inspiration and, I hope, to give someone just a bit of entertainment in an otherwise serious world. And that is what I hope to bring to you all. I want to inspire you, help you, and entertain you in any way that I can.
That said, each Wednesday on www.ncnewsonline.com, I’ll answer reader questions about anything and everything pertaining to fashion. Please contact me at the e-mail address listed below so we can grow in our knowledge together.
Mostly, I want to help you feel good about yourself, no matter your gender, financial situation or body type.
Sound like a plan? Good, we’ll get started officially tomorrow. Before we do, here’s just a little more about me.
Favorite Store(s): American Eagle, ModCloth, J.Crew, Banana Republic, Gap, New York and Company
Favorite Magazine(s): Marie Claire, Lucky, Shape, GQ
Favorite Celebrity Style: Rachel Zoe, Nicole Richie, Rachel Bilson, Lauren Conrad
Favorite Sport: Football
Favorite Team(s): Cleveland Browns (yes, even in Steelers country!) and the Detroit Tigers
Favorite Saturday afternoon hobby: Wandering around and discovering Pittsburgh
Dream job: Fashion writer, stylist, apparel buyer
(Have a fashion question you would like Sarah to answer in her weekly blog? Contact her at email@example.com.)
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I’m Sarah, and I like fashion.
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Sarah Stright-Hartley: Top trends for men as the weather warms
We frequently talk women's fashion around these parts, so today I wanted to give the men a bit of a shout-out. Men's fashions are less likely to change year to year, but there are still "trends" each season that men will find in stores. To the right you'll find some of the top trends for spring/summer 2013.
Sarah Stright-Hartley: Looking for stylish way to pack your possessions? It’s in the bag
One of the most personal things a woman buys is a handbag. It holds all of her prized possessions. So when shopping for a new bag, there are a lot of things to consider. Size, color, quality, fabric and length of use. Is she looking for something to use year round, or something that can be changed each season?
Sarah Stright-Hartley: Want to add some zing for spring? Go ‘bloom’ yourself!
It's spring, it's spring! It finally feels like spring! Maybe I shouldn't say that too loudly, I don't want to scare it off. Anyway, one of the best parts of spring is seeing all of the pretty flowers popping up around the area.
Sarah Stright-Hartley: Don’t write off printed pants
One of the top trends for spring is the printed pant. In any print, in any color, this trend is definitely one that will make you stand out from the crowd. Floral patterns are the most common, but a strong graphic print in any pattern feels right on trend and fresh.
Sarah Stright-Hartley: I’ve learned what to wear from ‘What Not to Wear’
Contrary to popular belief, you CAN actually learn things from watching TV. “What Not to Wear” has been one of my favorite shows for years and Stacy and Clinton have taught me a lot. Now that the show is ending, I'm wondering who exactly I'll learn from next.
Sarah Stright-Hartley: Overalls are coming back — are you all in?
There's a trend that seems to be making the rounds that completely surprises me. In fact, I haven't thought about it since the 1980s — or maybe the early 90s. Overalls seem to be back — so far quietly, but I'm interested to see if the trend gains momentum.
Sarah Stright-Hartley: I’ve got a new job and that means new clothes — yay!
On Monday I started a new job with a local company after almost two years of searching. This was cause for celebration for many reasons:
Sarah Stright-Hartley: Believe it or not, spring is here — so dress for it
It is slowly, slowly starting to warm up around here. But with the spring comes cool mornings and evenings and warm afternoons in-between. When I asked recently what people around me were having a hard time with, the answer was repeated over and over — how are we supposed to dress for these days?
Sarah Stright-Hartley: Got fashion questions? I’ve got answers
Have a fashion question for blogger Sarah Stright-Hartley? She’ll answer them in this space — just like she’ll do for other readers today. Enjoy!
Sarah Stright-Hartley: So, what’s in your bag?
One of the great things about being a woman is that you get to carry around bags filled with all of your favorite things to have whenever you may need them. One of the not-so-great things about being a woman is carrying around a bag filled with all of your favorite things — it gets heavy!
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